Monday, September 25, 2006

Sen. George Allen Finally Finds a Jew He Can Get Behind ...

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UPDATE: Dear anonymous, click here for the subtext

11 Comments:

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

Well I thought he acted a bit like a Klansman who just found out he had one too many *black* ancesters. I would be so excited if I found out I was more than a WASP.

*not to be said above a whisper*

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you give us dummies a link to explain this post. Thanks so much.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

George Allen has devolved into a national joke. First, he just happens to pick a word out of thin air -- "macaca" -- that just happens to be a racial slur, except we are supposed to believe he "made it up." Then he reacts with horror and outrage to the notion that he might have Jewish ancestry (something he claims to have only recently discovered). Now, it turns out that in all likelihood he liked to throw around the "N" word while an undergraduate. While it's always suspicious when people start coming out of the woodwork -- where were his accusators when he was governor? -- I think we have enough dots connected now that it's pretty obvious the guy is a big phony and a bigot. But hey, the Democrats consider a former KKK member as one of their "lions" so I guess this evens the score.

 
At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

Sen. Allen definitely seems to be something of a blockhead. That said, though, I thought the reporter phrased the question -- at best -- clumsily : "Could you please tell us whether your forebears include Jews?" At worst, it has uncomfortable echoes of times when that question had life-or-death implications, especially when Sen. Allen has just mentioned that at least one family member was imprisoned by Nazis.

And in any event, I have a hard time understanding why it's anyone's dadgum business and what the heck it has to do with how well Sen. Allen does or doesn't do his job and whether or not he should find a new one. I'll freely confess I have no idea whether or not he's a good Senator -- I'm an Okie, and our standards for that postion have been rather relaxed for the last dozen years or so -- but I can't imagine that kind of question about his ancestry has any place in a debate about issues in a senatorial campaign.

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Big D said...

I think Sen. Allen is going to put the Rep.'s ahead of the Dem.'s in the number of KKK members.

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Reddirt - Huh ? Why is every statement from you a partisan thing? Can you not label a bigot without throwing in a "so's your old man!"?

Brett - First, I think it's time you link to this site. You know you like this blog. Admit it.

Secondly, I agree with you that the Virgina reporter's question to Allen was clunky and perhaps unfair. It was obviously a setup/gotcha sort of question. That said, I don't think it excuses his obvious embarrassment and shame at being (gasp!) Jewish.

I don't disagree that a person's religion isn't always germane to a candidate's platform, but let's be honest: You and I both live in a state where one of every three politicians breathlessly assure us that they adhere to "Christian values." What's that all about?

 
At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw the dummies!!! Let's just all pretend we didn't hear Anonymous ask for a link and keep talking amongst our smarty pants selves cause we like to hear ourselves pontificate about shit. Thanks.

 
At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9G7gq7GQ71c

there, i did it myself but since i'm a dummy, i don't know how to do hyperlinks.

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox5ArAH7u2Y&NR

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

Maybe I will -- even when I disagree with your contributors, I usually find them to have enough humility to allow the possibility they're wrong. Not all our Okie blogging folk have that.

And yes, our politicians often talk about their Christian values, but I don't see the connection between values a politician claims (rightly or wrongly) to hold and a religion practiced by his or her ancestors. Go far enough back, and my folk painted themselves blue and sacrificed people (and, if I can judge by McInerney, yours may have as well). It's irrelevant.

But yes, Allen still is a blockhead.

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Larry Mondello said...

I watch political debates not for the content of the candidates' responses, but the tone and manner in which they respond. It tells you an awful lot about someone. This story tells me an awful lot about George Allen. For him to recoil and get testy at the mere thought that he might have some Jewish blood proves all you need to know about Private Pyle.
He's self-destructing right before our eyes. This guy is not necessarily a bigot, but he is a big ole goober dunce.

 

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